The 7 Rings of Marriage by Jackie Bledsoe#7ringsstudy #7ringsbook

Wow! Stephana and I are super excited to speak at First Fridays at Eastern Star Church. Eastern Star was our very first church home as a couple! We were married while members of Eastern Star. It’s amazing to share our story with family at “home.”

Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 06:30-8:30 p.m.
Event: First Fridays at Eastern Star Church
Sponsor: Eastern Star Marriage Ministry
Venue: Eastern Star Church
Location: 5750 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218
Public: Public

A Parenting Mindset That Leads To Kids Who Want To Be Around You When They Are Adults

Responsibility builds relationships

This is a guest post from my friend Eric Dingler. Eric plays hard, laughs often, and lives with his wife, two kids, and friends in Virginia Beach. Eric is a pastor, leader, and entrepreneur. He is the founding pastor of CoastalCity.Church and helps others shepherd their brands to make their communities a better place to live. In his heart, Eric is about a better tomorrow for everyone. You can connect with Eric on Twitter and his blog www.EricDingler.com. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….” You most likely have heard these words before. They are found in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.

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It Still Takes a Village…That Village Just Looks Different Today

Who or what makes up your kids' village?

It’s finally spring weather here in Indiana! If you are familiar with the weather in the midwest, especially Indiana, you can understand my excitement. We are not too surprised when winter weather is the norm even after March 21st when it’s supposed to be spring. So, when we get several days of spring-like weather we are excited.

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For our family, it’s time to pull out the bikes and take some family bike rides. It’s our thing during the spring and summer. We ride around our neighborhood, pack up bikes and go to the park or even downtown Indy. I remember riding bikes during the spring and summer as kids, but it wasn’t the family bike ride like we do today. It was different then.

Getting Dirty with the Family

7 Benefits to Getting Kids in the Garden

This is a guest post from Pasquale R. Mingarelli. Pasquale spent 11 years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru) and currently works as a Christian speaker, adjunct college instructor, and nature photographer. He posts a photo and Bible verse each day on his blog site visualverse.thecreationspeaks.com, where he also writes about encountering God in the outdoors. You can connect with Pasquale on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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The other day I found myself down and back at it again—back down on the ground getting dirty digging in the soil. I couldn’t wait to get back in the garden with the coming of spring. My five-year-old son was right there with me shoveling to break up the soil. When it came time to put the lettuce and spinach seeds in the ground, my six-year-old daughter joined us.

The Weight of Your Marriage Calling

Building a Solid Foundation on Friendship, Vision, and Prayer

This is a guest post from Alex Colón. Alex is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, teacher, pastor, blogger and best of all, husband and father of four. He writes on personal and leadership development, vision, marriage, and family related topics on his blog, TheRebrandedLife.com. You can also find him on FacebookIf you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

For most couples, marriage is a heavy weight to manage. That’s a very bold statement, isn’t it? When you have over 50% of marriages ending in divorce, it’s safe to say that those marriages carried a weight that was difficult to manage—in most cases.

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How Small Actions Impact Your Marriage in a Big Way

Drive Out Contempt and Jump-Start Kindness in Your Marriage

This is a guest post from Jed Jurchenko. Jed is a husband, daddy to four girls, author, therapist, and psychology professor. He and his wife Jenny blog weekly at CoffeeShopConversations.com, where you will find freshly brewed wisdom to help you lead your family, grow your friendships, and mature your faith so that you and your family can live joy-filled, Christ-honoring lives. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

Small actions can make or break your marriage. Tiny acts of kindness are sometimes the ones that are remembered and impact your marriage most. Unfortunately, tiny acts of contempt are also long remembered, and can be powerful enough to turn a good relationship sour.

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The bottom line is that when it comes to your marriage, little actions make a big difference. In fact, my marriage to Jenny started with a simple, but powerful, act of kindness.